Government working to ensure AIIMS for both Jammu, Kashmir regions

Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday sought to put an end to the controversy surrounding the setting up of an AIIMS in the state, saying it is working to ensure that the institution will come up in both the regions. “AIIMS will come up in Jammu as well as in Kashmir. We have never said that it will not come up in Kashmir,” state’s Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga, told reporters in Srinagar. Ganga said the government would follow the model of having two central universities – one each for Kashmir and Jammu – in the state. “Like the Central University came to Jammu as well to Kashmir, rest assured, whatever we will do, will be done …

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Attack on telecom towers displays separatists’ desperation: RS Prasad

Separatists trying to use telecom towers in Kashmir indicates their desperation, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today, while asking the state government to ensure the safety of communications infrastructure. A spate of attacks against telecom employees and those who have rented out space for installation of mobile towers in their fields has thrown the communication system in north Kashmir’s Baramulla into disarray. Suspected militants on Monday shot dead an employee of a BSNL franchisee and injured two others in Sopore town. “I sympathise for death of BSNL employees in J&K. I am in touch with senior officers there… Some separatist elements trying to use our towers is a clear indication of how desperate they are,” Prasad said at a …

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Mufti Sayeed blames media for creating hype on the issue of raising Pak flags

*Attacks on telecom installations ‘temporary phase’, says Mufti Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today sought to downplay the series of attacks on mobile telecom installations and people associated with it in the Valley, saying it is a “temporary” phase and those responsible for it will be “taken care of”. Two persons have been killed and three others injured in four attacks carried out by militants in past week on the telecom installations and people associated with it in Sopore and nearby Pattan area. “If these things (threats and attacks in north Kashmir) happen, it is a temporary phase, it is not a permanent phase,” Sayeed told reporters here when asked about the spate of attacks on mobile …

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Return to Kashmir birthright of Kashmiri Pandits: Jitendra Singh

Hitting out at those opposing the government’s rehabilitation plan for Kashmiri Pandits, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said it was the birthright of the community to settle in the Valley and reiterated the Centre’s commitment to their “honorable and safe return”. “Those who oppose the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley are spreading negativity, it is their birth as well as fundamental right to return to Kashmir Valley,” Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said at a a function in Chinore area of Jammu today. He said if Kashmiri Pandits, who are being denied their right to return, start raising questions on the people who oppose their rehabilitation then how would such leaders react. “If …

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Geelani will have to follow procedures like everyone else: Jitendra Singh

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that if Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani is granted permission to go abroad, he will have to follow the procedure like every other individual. “Even if permission to go abroad is given, the process will be similar to what everyone is put through. Law is clear on the provisions to be made on humanitarian grounds,” Jitendra Singh told a news agency. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said Geelani’s passport decision has to be taken in a rational manner. “We have to have a full discussion and a complete view about the subject, cannot comment on a matter on which the government …

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Law abiding citizen should not be bothered: JK Police Chief

Jammu and Kashmir Police chief K Rajendra Kumar today reviewed security situation in the Valley and stressed for better relations between public and law enforcing agencies. The Director General of Police said while maintaining law and order, it should be ensured that law abiding citizens are not put to any discomfort during their day-to-day activities. Kumar reviewed the security situation at a meeting of officers from State police, paramilitary CRPF, intelligence and civil administration at Police Control Room (PCR) here. Underscoring the importance of better relations between public and law enforcing agencies, Kumar told officers that people’s cooperation for maintaining peace, besides curbing the activities of anti-national elements is mandatory for better results. “All stakeholders have to follow a people …

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Won’t allow separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits: National Conference

Opposition National Conference on Saturday said they will not let Jammu and Kashmir government to set up separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits but would strive for return of the minority community to their native places in the Valley. “We are against separate clusters for Kashmiri Pandits. We welcome them (to Kashmir), but we will not let the government to create separate colonies for them,” NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told reporters during a protest rally against the new recruitment policy of the state government. Sagar said National Conference has always supported the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their native places in the Valley. “We have always said that we want them to return to the Valley and settle at …

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Omar criticises Mehbooba for defending PSA against Masarat Alam

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday criticised ruling PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on the issue of invoking of Public Safety Act (PSA) on Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam. “Where is Mehbooba Mufti? The person I’m watching on a TV news channel is certainly not the person I knew for the last six years,” Omar tweeted “Suddenly there are ‘red lines’ that are being drawn in the sand. How people change in office(!)” Omar said on the microblogging site. The PDP president, in an interview to a private TV news channel aired last night, defended the state government’s decision to arrest Alam and book him under the controversial PSA, saying that actions supporting Lashker-e-Toiba terror group chief Hafeez Saeed would …

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Separate settlements for Kashmiri Pandits not acceptable: Geelani

Separate settlements for Kashmiri Pandits are not acceptable and they should be settled at their native places only, Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday said. “Their (government’s) plan is to settle them (Pandits) at separate places where they have identified the land. They (Pandits) should be settled at their native places and that would be better for them as well as our society. Except that, we will not accept any other way to settle the Pandit brethren,” Geelani said at his Hyderpora residence. Geelani said no Kashmiri was against the return of the Pandits, but the move to create separate settlements had no legal or moral justification. “Not a single Kashmiri Muslim is against their return, …

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Mufti Sayeed promised to earmark 50 acres of land as a first installment for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has promised to earmark 50 acres of land as a first installment for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha today. Replying to a two-day debate on the Demand for Grants of his Ministry, Singh expressed Government’s commitment to rehabilitate the exiled Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. He said the Chief Minister has promised to earmark 50 acres of land as a first installment for this purpose. Earlier reports had suggested that the Home ministry is planning three-four “composite townships” of 2,500 families each for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, including in Srinagar and Anantnag, where half of the proposed flats are expected to be reserved for the community …

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